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  • Designers must be clawing each others' eyes out to get Gossip Girl cast members at their shows. Well, score one for Rock and Republic, which has confirmed Chace Crawford will be in attendance. Maybe he'll turn up with Amanda Hearst, whom he was allegedly trying to "cozy up" with this past weekend. [Fashionista]
  • As for gold medalist Nastia Liukin, she'll be at Peter Som, Isaac Mizrahi and Cole Haan. She's also launching a clothing line and will also be making an appearance on GG, naturally. [WWD]
  • A series of sketches is the first glimpse of Isaac Mizrahi's new clothing line for Liz Claiborne, which will be in stores in January. [Fab Sugar/WWD]
  • Why do designers continually reinvent the past? Partly because there's rarely enough time to "design something that came out of nowhere," says Lanvin's Alber Elbaz. [Times UK]
  • German venture capitalist Markus Hoefels, the backer of Proenza Schouler, is now backing loony designer Kai Kuhne, formerly of Asfour. [stylefile]
  • A 13-minute no-frills runway show at Bryant Park costs around $100,000, which is why some designers must look for alternative means of selling their collections. [Forbes]